Electric Baseboard Heaters Pros & Cons

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Electric baseboard heaters are an efficient heating method, making them a desirable means to heat a room. Evaluate the pros and cons to determine if this system is the best approach for heating your intended space.

Installation Cost

  • An electric baseboard heater is the least expensive heating method to have installed. The homeowner can install the heaters; however a professional is recommend when an external thermostat is desired.

Lessened Allergies

  • Heated air flows from the unit instead of being forced through dusty ducts and vents, leading to less dust churning through the home and keeping allergies at bay.

Segmentation

  • Electric baseboard heaters in rooms that are not occupied regularly can be turned down, saving energy. Heaters used as the sole heat source should not be turned off to avoid pipes freezing and other related damage.

Furniture

  • When arranging furniture; avoid blocking airflow, so that natural circulation may occur.

Damage and Dust

  • Electric baseboard heaters are exposed to open rooms instead of being contained in heater closets or attics. This leaves the heaters' elements exposed to dust accumulation, along with the higher potential of damage through bending or denting by children or pets.

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